Preserving the USS Olympia - a Protected Cruiser

The USS Olympia, which fought in the Spanish American War of 1898 has been preserved and is a valuable piece of US maritime history. Unfortunately, Olympia needs $10-15 million in repairs to keep her a viable museum for years to come. She has not been out of water for approximately 40 years. If you have connections or resources to help, please contact me at 612-599-1935 or

Sunday, October 2, 2011

From our New Chief of Naval Operations - this is great stuff!


The key considerations we should apply to every decision

Warfighting First: Be ready to fight and win today, while building the ability to win tomorrow

Operate Forward: Provide offshore options to deter, influence and win in an era of uncertainty

Be Ready: Harness the teamwork, talent and imagination of our diverse force to be ready to fight and responsibly employ our resources

Guiding Principles

The starting point for developing and executing our plans
  • Our primary mission is warfighting. All our efforts to improve capabilities, develop people, and structure our organizations should be grounded in this fundamental responsibility.
  • People are the Navy’s foundation. We have a professional and moral obligation to uphold a covenant with Sailors, Civilians and their families * to ably lead, equip, train and motivate.
  • Our approach should be Joint and combined when possible. However, we own the sea, and must also be able to operate independently when necessary.
  • Our primary Joint partner is the U.S. Marine Corps. We must continue to evolve how we will operate and fight as expeditionary warfare partners.
  • At sea and ashore, we must be ready to part with Navy roles, programs and traditions if they are not integral to our future vision or a core element of our mission.
  • We must ensure today’s force is ready for its assigned missions.
  • Maintaining ships and aircraft to their expected service lives is an essential contribution to fleet capacity.
  • Our Navy Ethos defines us and describes the standard for character and behavior.
  • We must clearly and directly communicate our intent and expectations both within and outside the Navy.
  • I believe in the “Charge of Command.” We will train and empower our leaders with authorities commensurate with their responsibilities.

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